More Choices, Increased Service, and an Enhanced Travel Experience for Customers
The transaction will combine American Airlines' and US Airways' complementary flight networks, increasing efficiency and providing more options for customers. The result for consumers is a highly competitive alternative to other global carriers. Importantly, the combined worldwide network will offer superior breadth of schedule to high value travelers.
The combined airline is expected to:
- Provide the most service across the East Coast and Central regions of the U.S., including the East Coast shuttle, enhancing the combined carrier's competitive position
- Expand its presence and further strengthen the network in the Western U.S.
- Bolster American's industry-leading position in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Enhance connectivity within the oneworld Alliance – including joint businesses with British Airways and Iberia across the Atlantic and with Japan Airlines and Qantas across the Pacific – creating more options for travel and benefits both domestically and internationally
- Serve 21 destinations in Europe and the Middle East
- Maintain current hubs of both American Airlines and US Airways, resulting in more choices for customers
- Improve traffic flows through the existing hubs of both carriers
- Expand service from those hubs to offer increased service to existing markets and service to new cities
- Provide an industry-leading travel experience through innovative initiatives intended to increase comfort and connectivity for all customers
- Improve valuable loyalty program benefits through expanded opportunities to earn and redeem miles across the combined network
In addition, American Airlines' landmark agreements with Airbus and Boeing, designed to transform the American Airlines fleet over the next four years, will solidify the combined airline's fleet plan into the next decade. The combined airline is planning to take delivery of more than 600 new aircraft, including 517 narrowbody aircraft and 90 widebody international aircraft, most of which will be equipped with advanced in-seat inflight entertainment systems offering thousands of hours of programming, inflight Wi-Fi offering connectivity throughout the world, and "Main Cabin Extra" seating with 4-6 inches of additional legroom in the Main Cabin. The combined carrier's fleet will also feature fully lie-flat, all-aisle access premium seating on American's new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Airbus 321 Transcontinental deliveries slated for later this year. Similar to US Airways' Airbus A330 international Envoy service, American will also retrofit existing 777-200 and 767-300 aircraft to include fully lie-flat premium seating in an effort to provide a consistent experience for customers flying on the combined carrier.